Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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Govt. signs Memorandum of Settlement with National Liberation Front of Twipra

A peace agreement was signed between Government of India, State government of Tripura and Tripura’s banned insurgency group National Liberation Front of Twipra led by Sabir Kumar Debbarma (NLFT-SD). As per the agreement NLFT-SD has agreed to abjure path of violence and join mainstream.

A Memorandum of Settlement was also signed in this regard between, Centre, State Government of Tripura and NLFT-SD with group also being agreed to surrender its 88 cadres with their weapons.

Key Highlights

National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) has been banned under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) since 1997. The group has been involved in violence, operating from their camps across international border.

NLFT-SD: The insurgent group has been responsible for violent activities during period 2005-2015 including 317 insurgency incidents in which 28 security forces and 62 civilians lost their lives. In 2015, peace talks with NLFT were initiated and since 2016 there has been no violence by NLFT.

The surrendered cadres will be given surrender benefits as per Scheme for Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation of Militants in the North-East, 2018 of Ministry of Home Affairs.

State Government of Tripura will help surrendered cadres in recruitment, housing, and education. Also, centre will consider proposals of Tripura State Government regarding economic development of tribal areas of Tripura.

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DAC approves procurement of 2 BrahMos supersonic missile batteries for Navy

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of indigenous Software Defined Radio (SDR Tactical) and Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCBLong Range) for Indian Navy. This was the first DAC meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh since assuming office. Both of these indigenously developed equipments are of latest generation and their procurement will give fillip to Make-in-India initiatives of the Government.

Procurement approved by DAC

Software Defined Radio (SDR Tactical): It is complex and state of art communication system indigenously designed and developed by DRDO, BEL and Weapons Electronics System Engineering Establishment (WESEE). It will enable information collaboration, sharing and situational awareness through high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability.

Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB-Long Range): It has been developed and manufactured in India by Indo-Russia Joint Venture Company-BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. It will be fitted with supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missiles and will be deployed along the coast.

Amendments to Defence Procurement Procedure 2016

DAC also approved amendments to Defence Procurement Procedure 2019 to simplify processes under ‘Make’ category as well as ‘Offsets’. This decision was taken as in continuity to focus on ‘Ease of doing businesses in defence acquisition.

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